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Grotto tonight: sweet pot rav or short ribs?

We're going to Grotto tonight and of course I've been staring at the menu all week. I've narrowed it down to either the Sweet Potato Ravioli or the Gnocchi, short ribs. Anyone had either or both of those dishes? Rants/raves? TIA!

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  1. No matter how many times I tell myself I will try something new on my next visit I always go back to the short ribs with gnocchi - they are just that good. I had them most recently about two weeks ago and they were heavenly as always. Enjoy!

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    1. re: heathermb

      Gnocchi & short ribs, sinfully rich!

      1. re: heathermb

        Seconded. I'm pretty sure I could never *not* get those freaking short ribs.

        1. re: jgg13

          you can get a half order of each- one as your appetizer- one as your entree. the menu is set up to aid you in this way.

      2. I like them both. A lot. Which is why I'd just order both.

        1. I've never had the sweet potato ravioli (not my thing) but the short ribs is really fantastic. For me though, ordering an entree-sized portion was a huge mistake. It's a very, very rich dish--I think I ate half of it and it made me uncomfortably full.

          It made for a delicious breakfast, though.

          1. Many people seem to enjoy the gnocchi witrh short ribs, although I haven't had them. Short ribs sound awfully heavy with gnocchi, which should be very light.
            I hope that you dn't get the sweet potato ravioli - I have had them and don't recmmend them at all. Why anyone in Boston would make ravioli from sweet potaotes when squash is local, available now, and traditional is beyond me, but to make the filling sweet and full of pumpkin pie spice is baffling. It is a mistake made far too often in American restaurants - if I wanted pumpkin pie, I'd order it for dessert, not in my ravioli. Also, the sauce for the ravioli is very heavy, with far too many conflicting flavors. In Italy, squash ravioli is pure and simple, with butter and sage and maybe a hint of Parmesan.

            1. The short ribs/gnocchi is a great dish..hearty. I sometimes get it for lunch..and follow up with a nap..:) Good dish to share for dinner..but not to be missed.

              Never had the sweet potato ravioli.

              1. Thanks guys! We had an absolutely fabulous meal on Friday. There were four of us so we were able to try a large proportion of the menu. My sister and I split the gnocchi and the raviolis and thoroughly enjoyed both. The short ribs were so tender and the gnocchi were perfectly made and cooked. This heartier dish contrasted nicely with the sweet (but not too sweet) raviolis. For the first course, the standouts were the Carozza and the Fonduta (heaven!) but the Insalata and the Cavatelle were tasty as well. The only disappointment in the second course was the risotto that came with the beef tenderloin - the flavor and the consistency seemed off. For dessert, the best by far was the banana bread pudding. Tiramisu was good but I've had better. The chocolate cake was just okay. As far as service goes, waitstaff was nice and attentive after we initially waited 10 mins to place a drink order. We will definitely be back...and soon!

                1. Question for all the short ribs lovers: is the gorgonzola pronounced in the dish? I'm not a fan of the cheese, but the rest of the dish sounds awesome.

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                  1. re: pamalamb

                    Its definitely there in every bite, but it is not strong. I'm not really a fan of gorgonzola at all, and I *love* the short ribs. It was just enough to work well, and not so strong as to be off putting. I was actually a bit leery of that when I first got it.

                    Granted, your tastes aren't gonig to be identical to mine, but speaking as a fellow anti-gorgonzola person, it was still great (although I'd have preferred a different cheese, but hey)